Lift one’s eyes to the global horizon and, at present, there seems nothing but bleakness. Compared to the relative calm and common sense of elections in India, the Philippines and Australia, the more distant upheavals feel alarmingly disruptive. Brexit is a shambles. European elections are veering in dangerous directions. And US President Donald Trump’s trade war with China looks more ruinous by the day. At the end of the day – distressing as it is to watch such self-harm being so deliberately…


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